1 Moreover, the aSpirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the Lord’s house which faced eastward. And behold, there were twenty-five men at the entrance of the gate, and among them I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur and bPelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
2 He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and agive evil advice in this city,
3 who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses. 2This acity is the pot and we are the flesh.’
4 “Therefore, aprophesy against them, son of man, prophesy!”
5 Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and He said to me, “Say, ‘Thus says the Lord, “So you think, house of Israel, for aI know 1your bthoughts.
6 “You have amultiplied your slain in this city, filling its streets with 1them.”
7 ‘Therefore, thus says the Lord 1God, “Your aslain whom you have laid in the midst of 2the city are the flesh and this city is the pot; but 3I will bbring you out of it.
8 “You have afeared a sword; so I will bbring a sword upon you,” the Lord God declares.
9 “And I will bring you out of the midst of 1the city and deliver you into the hands of astrangers and bexecute judgments against you.
10 “You will afall by the sword. I will judge you to the bborder of Israel; so you shall know that I am the Lord.
11 “This city will anot be a pot for you, nor will you be flesh in the midst of it, but I will judge you to the border of Israel.
12 “Thus you will know that I am the Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes nor have you aexecuted My ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the bnations around you.” ’ ”
13 Now it came about as I prophesied, that aPelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “bAlas, Lord God! Will You bring the remnant of Israel to a complete end?”
14 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
15 “Son of man, your brothers, your 1relatives, 2your fellow exiles and the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the Lord; this land has been given aus as a possession.’
16 “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Though I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a asanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.” ’
17 “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “I will agather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’
18 “When they come there, they will aremove all its bdetestable things and all its abominations from it.
19 “And I will agive them one heart, and put a new spirit within 1them. And I will take the bheart of stone out of their flesh and give them a cheart of flesh,
20 that they may awalk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be bMy people, and I shall be their God.
21 “1But as for those whose hearts go after their adetestable things and abominations, I will bbring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord God.
22 Then the cherubim alifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and bthe glory of the God of Israel 1hovered over them.
23 The aglory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and bstood over the mountain which is east of the city.
24 And the aSpirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles 1in Chaldea. So the vision that I had seen 2bleft me.
25 Then I atold the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.
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